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Council of Compassion

The Empathy Surplus Project calls its governing board the Council of Compassion. There are twelve board members on the Council of Compassion: three founders and nine ambassadors. Members of the Empathy Surplus Project are organizations called Caring Citizens' Congresses and ambassadors are the congress representative to the Council of Compassion. The First Caring Citizens' Congress of Wilmington, OH, was chartered December 2, 2014. When the Empathy Surplus Project has chartered nine member congresses, its Council of Compassion will be complete.

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Founders' Biographies

ChuckWatts.jpgChuck Watts's Bio

  • President
  • Partnered with Gary Evans in 2009 and Anita Dobrzelecki in 2013
  • Advisory board member, Rockridge Nation, an on-line community of practice of the Rockridge Institute.
  • Life long Democratic Party member
  • BS in business, 1972, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • Master of Divinity, 1977, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
  • Married since 1969 - 1 daughter - 1 grandson
  • Has lived in Wilmington, OH Clinton County, since 1991
  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Wilmington, OH, since 1991
  • Edward Jones Limited Partner, Wilmington, OH, since 2000
  • Priest in good standing, The Episcopal Church, since 1981, attending Christ Church, Dayton, OH
  • Elected precinct representative to the Clinton County Democratic Party, Union North B
  • Candidate for Democratic Party leadership in Clinton County and Ohio - Senate District 17
  • Contact Chuck at chuck.watts@empathysurplus.com or 937-725-4317
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IMG_0169.jpgGary Evans' Bio

  • Partnered with Chuck Watts in 2009 and Anita Dobrzelecki in 2013
  • Life long Republican Party member
  • Has lived in New Vienna, OH Clinton County, since 1989 
  • Wilmington College graduate – BA in Accounting 
  • Practicing public accounting since 1996 
  • Preparing taxes since 1990 
  • Business owner since 2006 
  • Married since 1983 – 2 children – 7 grandchildren 
  • Contact Gary at gevans8@cinci.rr.com or 937-481-1134
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Scanned_Image.jpgAnita Dobrzelecki's Bio

  • Secretary
  • Partnered with Chuck Watts and Gary Evans in 2013
  • Has lived in Sugarcreek Township, OH Greene County since 1990
  • Owns and operates Roaring Brook Farm
  • Owns and operates Ama Imports
  • Contact Anita at adobrzelecki1@woh.rr.com or 937-902-0964
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Ambassadors' Biographies


IMG_0211_2.jpgKathryn Palmer

  • Ambassador since 10/07/2015 from First Caring Citizens' Congress
  • Treasurer
  • Lives in Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County
  • Retired public servant
  • Direct descendant of John Hart, member of New Jersey House of Representatives and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, 1776
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